Discovering Dubai with a Local Eye
With a growing population of just over two million people from more than 200 nationalities, Dubai is considered to be the dynamic nucleus of the Arabian Gulf region and one of the top destinations of the 21st century. As one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the city has undergone rapid transformation and is now a top cosmopolitan tourism and trade hub.
Our local expert Reef Fakhoury of Park Hyatt Dubai has great pride in the ambitious city that she calls home, due to the eclectic mix of cultures and influences that are found there from all over the world, along with the respect and open mindedness for all nationalities that she encounters. Luckily, Reef knows exactly where to lead guests for a delicious bite to eat, a night on the town, or exploring the must-see city treasures.
Between the impressive beaches and some of the best shopping malls, travelers may find it difficult to do anything else but sun bathe and shop during their stay in Dubai. But Reef suggests a few essential sights and activities. For first time visitors, she always recommends taking a walking tour in old Dubai, starting in the Dubai Museum and ending in the gold, textile and spice souqs- a great way to soak up the city’s culture. For art and architecture lovers, take a walk through the historic district Bastakiya, located along Dubai Creek where you can find the oldest existing building in Dubai, Al Fahidi Fort.
Because Dubai is such a melting pot, one of the greatest features of the city is the authenticity and variety of cuisine. Looking for a restaurant where you can enjoy some tasty ethnic food? Reef recommends swinging by Café Arabesque, located right in Park Hyatt Dubai, which serves some of the best Middle Eastern food she’s ever tasted. The Boardwalk, best known for its surf and turf, is in comfortable walking distance from the hotel, as well as local hangout QD’s, great for a quick bite to eat and some Shisha. If you are in the mood for a home cooked meal, make sure to check out Zyara, serving up some of the best comfort food in the city.
For a trendy scene and unbeatable lounge atmosphere Reef suggests Okku or Zuma, along with Traiteur for a more romantic setting. Cirque Le Soir is a top club destination for the true party seekers, as it offers a dynamic mix of entertainment that includes fire eaters, aerial acts, acrobats and stilt walkers! If you’re in the mood to see a show Reef also suggests buying tickets for the magnificent performances that come to Music Hall, The Act, Jam Base, or Madinat Jumeirah‘s theatre.
For those who want to take in the sights and explore the locals’ favorite spots, Reef recommends strolling through the hustle and bustle of Meena Bazaar, where you can find everything from street vendors, spice shops, and fashion boutiques with traditional ethnic attire. Also visit Al Serkal Avenue in Al Quo area on Saturdays for the farmer’s market. For a more scenic activity you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset at Atmosphere in Burj Khalifa, with aerial views of Dubai from the tallest building in the world, or hop on a dow-boat cruise on Dubai Creek!
Thanks to expert Reef Fakhoury, guests of Park Hyatt Dubai have an insider eye to the city’s greatest destinations and able to experience their vacation feeling like a true local. Don’t be a stranger and make sure to stop in and say hello while you are visiting!